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Ocean Magic Marine Wildlife Adventure Oct 26

Today’s Marine Wildlife Adventure was pure magic! Our skipper Jeff headed us out south west to find Transient Killer Whales. Our crew of Casey, Mika and Jen passed along to our guests a wealth of information about this amazing marine ecosystem. These apex marine predators were working their way south, rising as a group for air and then back down. This was just the beginning of our adventure, we then headed west past Race Rocks Ecological Reserve and found Resident Killer Whales off Beecher Bay. They were headed northwest, spread out all over. There were members from each pod, J’s K’s and L’s. There were spy hops, breeching and fluking. Truly an awesome experience to have both types of Orca on one trip. Next we headed closer to shore to find three Humpback Whales. We viewed two from a distance as they dove deep, raising their tails high into the air. We then had the third humpback rise closer and head our way until it dove deep raising its massive tail high above the water. Next we took a tour of Race Rocks Ecological Reserve. Here we viewed Steller Sea Lions, California Sea Lions, Harbour Seals and Elephant Seals. Yet another amazing adventure with Prince of Whales!

Clint “Orcawizard”

Most of the images on the blog are shot with a 400 mm & 600 mm telephoto lenses. Because of our restrictions around wildlife (100+ meters), we use powerful lenses to better share orca activity that passengers see on their trips. Keep in mind this also heavily compresses space between objects. We also crop images for best blog viewing.

Ocean Magic Marine Wildlife Adventure Oct 20

Our Ocean Magic Marine Wildlife Adventure took us west to find Three Humpback Whales. Our Skipper Jeff put us in perfect position to view these amazing animals. They would raise their flukes high in the air as they took their deep dives. Truly a wonderful sight to witness. Our crew of Casey, Mika and Jen passed along a wealth of information about these gentle giants of the sea and the diverse eco system they call home. Our trip then took us to Race Rocks Ecological Reserve. Here we took in the sights and sounds of Steller Sea Lions, California Sea Lions, Elephant Seals and Harbour Seals. Our Skipper then took us east to San Juan Island. Off this picturesque Island we found Resident Killer Whales. We had a Super Pod, all the members of J, K and L pods. They were headed north along the shoreline, all spread out. Just a wonderful experience to watch these Orca as they rose to the surface, showing their size as the water rolled off their backs. Our guests were all smiles after this great adventure with Prince of Whales!

Clint “Orcawizard”

Most of the images on the blog are shot with a 400 mm & 600 mm telephoto lenses. Because of our restrictions around wildlife (100+ meters), we use powerful lenses to better share orca activity that passengers see on their trips. Keep in mind this also heavily compresses space between objects. We also crop images for best blog viewing.

Ocean Magic Marine Wildlife Adventure Oct 17

It truly is peek season for Humpback Whales in this area. New ones show up almost daily and some familiar ones return, seeking the rich, cold waters of the Salish sea that surrounds this area. Capt Jeff in the wheelhouse of the12.15, Ocean Magic II vessel this Thursday afternoon, headed us out of the Victoria Harbour, and set a course west. We were hoping to encounter some of the amazing wildlife to be found at this time of year. Sure enough it wasn’t long before we found several large whales , the Humpback Whale, foraging enthusiastically in the tide lines that hold so nutrient. Bait-balls of schooling fish were evident in every direction. Hundreds of squawking gulls and sea birds on the surface certainly indicated that the waters were teaming. We were thrilled with the 7 active Humpbacks that were to be found close to Race Rocks Ecological Reserve. Their activity included deep dives with raised ‘Flukes’ that allowed for rivers of sea water cascading from their tails. Always thrilling to view. We also had great views of Harbour and Elephant Seals, Steller and California Sea Lions at Race Rocks Lighthouse. What an amazing trip once again. Our Biologist Jen, and Naturalist Bo, shared the educational aspect of our trip with our many international guests on board.

Marie “Orca-Magoc”

Most of the images on the blog are shot with a 400 mm & 600 mm telephoto lenses. Because of our restrictions around wildlife (100+ meters), we use powerful lenses to better share orca activity that passengers see on their trips. Keep in mind this also heavily compresses space between objects. We also crop images for best blog viewing.

Ocean Magic Marine Wildlife Adventure Oct 14

Under sunny skies, the Ocean Magic set out for an adventure. With Capt Jeff in the wheel-house this afternoon, and a crew of experienced Biologist and Naturalists we were in for a real treat. Casey, Jen and Rhonda, were on board to enhance our experience in the waters south of Victoria. Our first encounter with the fascinating wildlife was a humpback whale. We watched as this gentle giant rose for a few breaths then showed tail as it dove deep. We the followed the shoreline west as we searched for more wildlife. We found a second Humpback and watched as it rose for air and to show its massive tail. We then took a tour of Race Rocks Ecological Reserve where we saw Harbour Seals, California and Steller Sealions jockeying for the best position on the rocks. The Lighthouse here was first lit on Boxing Day, 1850, but is now automated. Yet another exciting trip with Prince of Whales.

Clint “Orcawizard”

Most of the images on the blog are shot with a 400 mm & 600 mm telephoto lenses. Because of our restrictions around wildlife (100+ meters), we use powerful lenses to better share orca activity that passengers see on their trips. Keep in mind this also heavily compresses space between objects. We also crop images for best blog viewing.

Ocean Magic Marine Wildlife Adventure Oct 12

It was another bright sunny afternoon in October , when Capt Scott headed the 12.15, Ocean Magic II vessel out of the harbour and set a course west to search for Humpback Whales that had been reported. We soon found an active ‘Bait-Ball ‘ where many gulls and sea birds congrigated. Their presence indicated that there were schools of fish below the surface. The calm surface of the water allowed for great visibility in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, so it wasn’t long before we saw several Humpback whales in the vicinity south and west of Race Rocks Ecological Reserve. We watched these behemoths foraging. They would lift their Flukes prior to a deep dive that allowed for great amounts of water to cascade off those mighty tails. It is always fascinating to watch these huge whales in these waters. Several more whales surface as we travelled further west. Another report came over the radio that 2 Transient Killer Whales had been located.They were identified as the T 11 family two-some, a female with her son. He was a big fellow with a huge dorsal fin. They were in traveling mode and slowly heading out west, however they surprised us with a spy-hop behaviour. This activity really demonstrates how big these Orca are, especially the males. A visit to the lighthouse on our homeward trip, gave us good looks at Steller and California Sea Lions. It was a magical afternoon spent in the company of two different species of whale. Our biologists on board, Casey and Jen, shared a wealth of knowledge with our guests this afternoon. Yet another wonderful trip with Prince of Whales!

Clint “Orcawizard”, Marie “Orca-Magic”

Most of the images on the blog are shot with a 400 mm & 600 mm telephoto lenses. Because of our restrictions around wildlife (100+ meters), we use powerful lenses to better share orca activity that passengers see on their trips. Keep in mind this also heavily compresses space between objects. We also crop images for best blog viewing.